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Author Topic: how to test hunting clothes for uv?  (Read 6666 times)

Offline Tumlin_Tumbleweed

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how to test hunting clothes for uv?
« on: September 29, 2008, 11:52:40 PM »
I've been reading about how to test clothing for UV is by looking at the clothing under a black light. Does any one know of a black light flash light? I would like to be able to test the clothing before purchase and returning home. What I've read also states that you can also test the detergent being used the same way, looking at the powder/liquid under a  black light.
Has any one out there used a black light to test their clothing for UV? I'm planning on purchasing a black light for home testing this week, but would really like to know if there is a black light flash light.
My readings have also revealed that the manufacturer of these garments don't know themselves if there is UV present or not and don't care it seems.
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how to test hunting clothes for uv?
« on: September 29, 2008, 11:52:40 PM »
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Re: how to test hunting clothes for uv?
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2008, 04:18:07 AM »
I don't believe that you are looking for UV in clothes.  What I believe you are looking for is if UV brighteners have been used in the production of said clothes. UV brighteners will cause a blue illumination in garments where they are used and seen by the deers eyes in early evening.  It is part of the light spectrum and the setting sun. UV brighteners are used to make the image of the clothes POP under certain light conditions to our eye. A black light exposes those brighteners much like they did in the 60's phycadelic (I couldn't get the spell checker to come up with the correct spelling)  @--0--0135 world.  Here toke on this for a while you will see beautiful things....

Not that I every tried any of that stuff.

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Re: how to test hunting clothes for uv?
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2008, 10:05:56 AM »
If your wanting to test them in the field and you can only find a 110 blacklight, power inverters are cheap to go in your vehicle.

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Re: how to test hunting clothes for uv?
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2008, 07:54:54 AM »
Tumbleweed i'll look in the barn and see if i can find my old black lights from the 70's....lets see i know i put them with the Lynard Skynard posters!

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Re: how to test hunting clothes for uv?
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2008, 08:11:25 AM »
Wear it to the local mall and go into spencer gifts.  They will have a black light.

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Re: how to test hunting clothes for uv?
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2008, 03:04:42 PM »
I never thought about using a blacklight but it makes perfect sense.  Now like Mossy Oak I've got to see if I can remember where I put that blasted thing.
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Re: how to test hunting clothes for uv?
« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2008, 02:20:18 AM »
Go to wal-mart they have them in with the outdoor light bulbs.Buy a bulb and plug it into a lamp.You got to use in a fairly dark room though. ;D
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Re: how to test hunting clothes for uv?
« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2008, 03:46:04 AM »
Spencer's Gifts in some Malls will have them.  I bought one. It was a hand held item that only cost 10.00 and was battery operated.  The nice part about that is you could take it to camp with you and test everyones camo for them without electricity.  It worked for me but I had nothing that glowed although the white paper that was in my truck about blinded me in the process of proving to myself that I didn't light up.

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Re: how to test hunting clothes for uv?
« Reply #8 on: December 21, 2008, 09:31:04 AM »


ok thats funny wearing your clothes into spencers!!
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Re: how to test hunting clothes for uv?
« Reply #9 on: December 21, 2008, 10:33:49 AM »
I bought a black light bulb and put it in my bunk room with all of my gear. Everything was good, no glow.
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Re: how to test hunting clothes for uv?
« Reply #10 on: December 22, 2008, 05:38:45 PM »


ok thats funny wearing your clothes into spencers!!

yeah - i tried going into spencers naked and they kicked me out :2)
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Re: how to test hunting clothes for uv?
« Reply #11 on: December 22, 2008, 05:47:30 PM »
Take a black and white photo and check that. Just kidding,  @--0--0118
the "black Light" idea is a good one.
I think that in many cases the UV brighters will wash out after a couple of washing, beware of fabric softners and fabric brighters however as these can add UV brighters into your clothes.
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Re: how to test hunting clothes for uv?
« Reply #12 on: December 22, 2008, 05:58:50 PM »
i'm a believer in uv glow so have gone to the atsko.com products, use their sportwash and uv killer and no more glow.  coyote hunting has improved also as i pick them off the snow now and carry em home for pelts instead of being busted by those "eyes front."
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Re: how to test hunting clothes for uv?
« Reply #13 on: December 22, 2008, 08:19:27 PM »
I bought a black light bulb and put it in my bunk room with all of my gear. Everything was good, no glow.

Same here and as far as the fabric softeners why would you be using them. I don't believe they mark a scent free one do they.
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Re: how to test hunting clothes for uv?
« Reply #14 on: December 22, 2008, 08:30:05 PM »
yes they do make a scent free one, only one I can us as most scented ones make me sneeze. It is hard to find the scent free ones and only a few brands seem to offer them. However still not something I would use with my hunting outfits
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